Bulldogs Walk Off With Win Over Lehigh, Fall To Indiana State

Riley Hughes makes one of her terrific catches in left field (Sal Onorato photo)

Johnson, Nelson Have Three Hits Apiece On The Day

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – The Yale softball team has its first walk-off victory of the season. The Bulldogs edged Lehigh 4-3 when Meg Johnson scored from third after shortstop Jennifer Colquhoun couldn't handle Tori Balta's hard-ground ball with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. Yale fell to Indiana State 9-3 in its second game of the day.

Johnson and Christy Nelson each had three hits on the day for Yale.

Johnson was 3-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI against Lehigh. Chelsey Dunham scattered five hits and struck out two to earn her third victory of the season.

The Mountain Hawks (8-8) grabbed the early lead by scoring once in the top of the second, but the Bulldogs answered with two runs in their half of the inning. Nelson reached on an error to start the rally and advanced to second on Kelsey Warkentine's sacrifice bunt. Freshman Riley Hughes followed with an RBI double down the left field line, and Johnson then doubled home Hughes.

Hannah Brennan's run-scoring single in the fourth increased Yale's lead to 3-1, but the Mountain Hawks scored twice in the sixth to tie it and set up the dramatic finish.

Johnson singled leading off the bottom of the seventh and then stole second. Jennifer Ong's infield single moved Johnson to third, and Balta brought her home.

Dunham benefitted from some outstanding defense. Hughes made two terrific catches in left field.

The Bulldogs (3-3) weren't quite as sharp in the second game. Still, Indiana State (10-4) needed a five-run sixth inning to put the game away.

Nelson was 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI for Yale. Balta, Sarah Onorato, Warkentine and Chelsea Janes also had hits.

The Sycamores grabbed the early lead with a run in the first, but the Bulldogs tied it in the third. Onorato walked and scored on Nelson's double to right field.

Indiana State led 4-1 after four innings, but Yale pulled back within one after RBI singles from Nelson and Warkentine in the fifth.

The Bulldogs play two more games on Saturday. They face Akron at 11 a.m. and Florida A&M at 1 p.m.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity